Every year thousands of wild animals are found injured, sick or debilitated. These specimens require very diverse care, from mere rest and food to delicate surgical interventions, before being returned to their natural habitat.
The Andalusian Network of Endangered Species Recovery Centers (CREA) was created in 2001 with the aim of recovering incapacitated specimens of endangered and protected species, to later release them into their natural habitat.
If you find an injured or sick bird, please get in touch with one of the Rescue Centres throughout Andalucía. We have arranged the Rescue Centres per Province (including the Crea Centres).
Many birds/animals can be helped if your actions are taken promptly.
If you discover or witness illegal activities related to our wildlife then you can report it to Seprona (environmental department of the Guardia Civil).
The special telephone number for Seprona is 062
SOS Vencejos is an association dedicated to the protection and defense of Andalucian bird life, in particular Swifts, the fast-flying bird from the Apodidae family. We are a non profit organisation; our dedicated volunteers are spread right across the Community of Andalucía. We work tirelessly for the visibility and care of urban birds, especially Swifts (Vencejos in Spanish), Martins and Swallows; specialising in the dissemination, complaints and the raising of fledgling orphans of these particular aerial birds. Rescued birds are in safe hands once delivered to a nearby SOS Swifts colaborator and will have an excellent chance of survival with an eventual release back into nature.
If you wish to report a nest site in danger or you find one of these birds fallen or injured, please do not hesitate to contact this organisation. Detail your location, telephone number and if possible attach a photograph of the bird or nest in question.
Contact: Send a message via Facebook or send an email. In case of problems make contact via 112
Please remember that we are volunteers – We do not pick up from your address, so you will have to travel!
Crea – Las Almohallas, Vélez-Blanco, Almería. The facility is equipped with an oval Avery, specially designed so that birds can practice and improve sustained flight, therefore, providing faster and better quality rehabilitation at this particular rescue centre. Of the birds admitted at CREA in recent years, generally more than half have recovered.
Juan José Alesina Ruiz – +34 670 94 45 92
Juan Carlos Nevado – +34 950 01 11 50
Zona recreativa “Las Almohallas”
Antigua Casa Forestal “Las Almohallas”
Camino Las Almohalles
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/tqgJ3qD9HCrtVBYm6
The CRAS Rehabilitation Centre for Wildlife (Centro de Recuperación de Animales silvestres) is situated in the grounds of the Zoo and readily collaborates with the official CREAS rescue and rehabilitation network run by the Junta de Andalucía; participating in the reception and first aid of wild animals and birds.
Miguel Ángel Quevedo – +34 956 18 23 97 956 18 42 07
Centro de Recuperación de Animales Silvestres
11404 Jerez de la Frontera
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/v3FA7Czt5nwFVQVx8
Centro de Rescate Animal – Castellar de la Frontera The rescue centre is situated in the ZooBotánico grounds and collaborates with the Junta de Andalucía; participating in the reception and first aid of wildlife. The Castellar Zoo is one of the few zoos that has an animal rescue initiative, providing veterinary support to both wild animals and birds that have been injured or abandoned. Its main objective is to rescue and save the lives of creatures that need our help.
Javier Lazpita – +34 697 91 03 93 – 628 59 85 62 – 956 23 95 63
Zoo de Castellar
Cerro del Moro, s/n,
11350 Castellar de la Frontera
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/18PNYqEDecjeBGv78
Crea – Dunas de San Antón has the necessary clinical equipment and facilities to treat endangered wildlife species.
Antonio Guillen Barea – +34 670 94 61 98
Crea – Dunas de San Antón
Paseo de los Enamorados s/n
El Puerto de Santa María
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WzW2AMjLNVqwJwBL9
The Los Villares Córdoba is an Official CREA rescue initiative aimed at the rehabilitation and safeguarding of autochthonous and endangered species from the region. To coincide with “World Bird Day 2022”, the staff successfully released back into nature two Griffon Vultures, three Eagle Owls along with two Scops Owls and a Short-toed Eagle. In the same year, volunteers managed to rescue more than 700 insectivorous birds. The nearby Cordoba Zoos Conservation Centre also acts as a reception for injured wildlife on behalf of Los Villares.
Midguel Carrasco Cassatt – +34 670 94 79 01
CREA Los Villares
Carretera de Obejo-Córdoba, a 12 Km
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/2iTGeRTotSVyvF5Y8
The Cordoba Zoo Conservation Centre is committed to the conservation of wildlife, both from our Mediterranean biogeographic environment as well as other parts of the planet without forgetting its recreational functions. The centre is involved in various conservation projects, such as the breeding of endangered species and the preservation of natural habitats. The installations are a must-visit destination for anyone interested in conservation and environmental issues. Cordoba Zoos Conservation Centre also acts as an Official reception for injured wildlife on behalf of the CREA Los Villares Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Contact: +34 957 20 08 07
Cordoba Zoo Conservation Centre
Avenida Linneo, s/n
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/AvKDVRKkeT9jZS1a8
The Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society Raptor Unit is coordinated by the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS) and focuses on the rescue of rare birds including rehabilitating them to live back in the wild. The GONHS was founded in 1976 as a non-governmental, membership-based organisation committed to the conservation of nature in Gibraltar and the region of the Straits. Funded mainly by memberships and donations, it is a non-profit organisation.
Vincent Robba – +350 540 01 260
Raptor Rescue Field Centre
Jews Gate – Gibraltar Nature Reserve
11 Windmill Hill Rd
Gibraltar GX11 1AA
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/kqdAJNMjZrnxDZvv8
The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park is an irrecoverable fauna adoption centre. The Park began in 1994 as a collection of parrots, land tortoises and monkeys all confiscated from illegal traders who were passing through Gibraltar. At first there were no enclosures to house them, but with help of volunteers from the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GOHNS), a number of enclosures were built at the Alameda Gardens. This centre also acts as a reception point to help local fauna, but they will not accept injured wildlife due to the fact of not having an onsite veterinary clinic to treat injuries.
The Park specialises in the rehabilitation of downed Swifts for later release back into the Gibraltarian skies.
Contact: +350 200 64 273
Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park
Alameda Botanic Gardens
Gibraltar GX11 1AA
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/7AnemR8aLz8eccia6
Crea El Blanqueo – Granada helps every year thousands of wild animals, mostly birds, which are found injured, sick or weakened. These specimens require very diverse care, from mere rest and food to delicate surgical interventions, before being returned to their natural habitat.
Jorgina Acevedo Puga – +34 670 94 56 99
Crea El Blanqueo
Antigua carretera de Sierra Nevada, Km. 7
entre las localidades de Cenes de la Vega y Pinos Genil
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/RXV2FShdzh7xJwti9
Cortijo Búho is a sanctuary for birds of prey and other wildlife that simply needs a little help along the way. Specialists in raptor care and release. Non profit.
Matilda Kennard Troughton – +34 634 37 97 86
Paraje de la Mosqueta
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/VL8eHqPUP8Bc19rC9
Crea-Cegma Marismas del Odiel is an emergency hospital and participates in research and captive breeding programs.
The center, with an area of 13,000 square metres, has facilities such as swimming pools for marine fauna and restricted areas such as the enclosures and aviaries to house the birds in the recovery process, the quarantine room or the clinical area.
José Enrique Borallo – +34 671 56 90 81
Crea-Cegma Marismas del Odiel
Carretera Dique de Juan Carlos I, km. 3
Google location: https://goo.gl/maps/eSsAGub8XezmpETz9
CREA Quiebrajano in the municipality of Jaén. In this centre they treat birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians which are injured. The centre is placed in Parque Periurbano Monte de la Sierra next to Pantano del Quiebrajano, and has a place where birds like Falcons and medium sized Raptors can fly to recover from their injury
Francisco García Bueno – +34 670 94 62 63
Carretera del pantano de Quiebrajano a 25 km de Jaén
Google location: https://goo.gl/maps/46TMAvzyGurdrn2Z8
SOS SeaBird Rescue This seabird rescue centre situated on the outskirts of Malaga, comprising of rehabilitation pens dedicated to Gulls and other species of Seabird. There is also a larger free flight cage with a pond. The organisation “Malaga Gaviotas” is run successfully by volunteers, funded mainly by public donations and receives financial support from sympathetic organisations.
The Andalucia Bird Society supports this rehabilitation centre with financial assistance to supply the young birds with fresh fish.
Jose Sanchez Cordero – +34 696 53 92 27
Rafael Palomo Lopez – +34 620 52 98 47
Paraíso Residencia Canina
Finca Tropical, C. Paraiso, 109
29130 Alhaurín de la Torre
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/K9XeTrgQtnnmP5vYA
The Blue Bird Veterinary Clinic specialises in exotic birds, animals and reptiles. It focuses its activity on providing veterinary services to domestic and companion animals. The Blue Bird Exotic Pet Hospital have developed various specialities in addition to general consultation which extends freely to local fauna in an emergency; such as wild birds and especially local seabirds that may be immature in their growth stage, poisoned, adults in the molting period, shot by hunters, plundering of nests, run overs, power lines, chicks and premature abandonment. The pet hospital has small cages where injured or malnourished birds are deposited after treatment or surgery for observation. The patient, before being released back into its natural environment, in general, will be transferred to a suitable local foster home for aftercare provided by a carer, for example the voluntary ** “Seagull Healer”.
Jennifer Jahn – +34 650 48 44 99 and +34 952 806 064
Centro Veterinario Blue Bird
Calle Ibiza, 5 bajo
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Cs7EXTcoatDe3GFZ6
The El Boticario is an Official rescue centre situated in Montes de Málaga which is part of the national CREA organisation. The installations are well equipped, enjoying an in house veterinary clinic and various rehabilitation averies to help with pre-release flight practice. All of the necessary facilities associated with wildlife rescue are available to help a range of injured or abandoned creatures; around 70% of the arrivals are typically birds.
Ana Naranjo Anaya – +34 670 94 45 98
CREA El Boticario – Malaga
Montes de Málaga
antigua carretera de Colmenar, Km 553
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/WvePDd6HkG3HC4BH7
BIOPARC Fuengirola champions a new model of animal park based on respect for nature and the preservation of its species, a model that has already become a reference at the European level. The Zoo Vet will receive wild animals and birds. The Zoo Clinic will provide first aid assistance but only in an emergency. They will temporarily care for the patient before passing it onto the “El Boticario“; the official Junta de Andalucía rescue centre located in the Province of Málaga that is part of the national CREAorganisation.
Zoos Clinic (Vet) – +34 952 66 63 01 (Extension 6) and +34 952 666 301
Calle Camilo José Cela 6
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aWrPg3JiANrKdDZQ7
ProDunas Marbella is a non profit organisation; their volunteers work tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments remaining on the coastline of Marbella. This Association promotes the protection of native flora and fauna. Their close working relationship between Bioparc Fuengirola and the CREAS network, run by the Junta de Andalucía, ensures rescued wild animals and birds have an excellent chance of survival with an eventual release back into nature. In particular, ProDunas Marbella is a collaborating entity for the care of swifts, martins and swallows. If you find these beautiful birds fallen or injured, do not hesitate to contact this organisation.
Susanne Stamm Joho & Anne Kinsella – +34 609 600 706
The telephone number is attended 24/7 and the rescuer will be advised and guided to a suitable volunteer. The Loggerhead Turtle rescue which we took part in was successfully organised by email and Whatsapp. It is a rescue service run by volunteers completely backed by the Junta de Andalucia Medio Ambiente Agents and CEGMA using the Bioparc Zoo facilities, as and when. Like the ABS, it is an Association with no fixed address!
The CREA San Jerónimo installations in Seville have been extensively improved to provide both injured birds and animals arriving at the rescue centre with a better medical care service. The vets are attending over 1,000 patients a year of which around 65% are rehabilitated and later, being successfully released back into nature.
Javier Bejarano Segura – +34 670 94 15 92
CREA San Jerónimo Sevilla
Carretera San Jerónimo-La Rinconada, km. 1,5
Vivero San Jerónimo, A-8002
Google Location: https://goo.gl/maps/MSX5pBQ4aDsL17aX9
The Cañada Wildlife Sanctuary (La Cañada de los Pajeros) is the first private restoration and management of gravel pits in Spain. The area has been converted from an old rubbish dump into a protected wetland with high biodiversity. This nature reserve has a Rescue Service with an inhouse vet on hand to receive both injured wild animals and birds. Aquatic species are likely to be adopted and given a home in the sanctuary with other types of birds passed on after a week to the CREA San Jeronimo rehabilitation centre in Seville.
Maribel Adrián Dossio – +34 656 83 38 47
Placido (administration) – +34 955 77 21 84/955 77 24 58
Cañada de los Pájaros
Carretera de la Puebla del Río – Isla Mayor, km 8
41130 La Puebla del Río